GSA extends software inventory deadline

The General Services Administration has extended the deadline to May 1 for agencies to submit inventories of the software they use to help GSA plan the SmartBuy governmentwide enterprise software licensing program.

Tom Kireilis, GSA's SmartBuy program manager, yesterday said some agencies needed more time to figure out the types, cost and quantities of their software.

The Office of Management and Budget set today as the deadline for agencies to develop a list of all 2003 software acquisitions, starting with the 10 most popular types, such as antivirus, database and document imaging (Click for March 8 GCN story).

GSA will use the inventories to decide which types of software to issue a request for information for under SmartBuy.

'Some agencies are in a position to start reporting now,' Kireilis said at Input's Marketview 2004 conference in Falls Church, Va. 'But I don't expect all of them to be in by May 1, either.'

In addition to the OMB guidance, GSA told agencies to include any software that is not among the top 10 as they completed their inventories, Kireilis said.

Many agencies may be having trouble developing an inventory, as they have not met the requirements under the Federal Information Security Management Act to inventory their critical IT components. Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census, found in his November 2003 cybersecurity report that only five out of 24 agencies completed a catalog.

Kireilis said GSA will analyze the inventories in May to establish short- and long-term priorities. RFIs for the short-term priorities are expected to be released in mid- to late June.

Kireilis said OMB's goal for SmartBuy is to reach $100 million in cost avoidance in fiscal 2004.

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